The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2014
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d’Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2014
Typical young, fruity Shiraz characters, think plum, mulberry, milk chocolate, and sweet liquorice. The tannin and acid profile at the time, however, sat a bit awkwardly against the juiciness of the wine. Now, as the colder months have set in I notice those sweet fruited scents slowly retreating and a darker, more savory aspect to this wine revealing itself. Mulberry and plum give way to black olive, cedar, and cinnamon; milk chocolate has evolved into dark chocolate, the serious type with lots of cocoa; and the sweet confectionary liquorice appears more like slightly salty Dutch liquorice. The tannins have taken on a chalky edge and the mouthfeel, whilst densely packed, feels much more streamlined.
Grape: Shiraz Viognier
Ratings: “95, Halliday Points
Double Gold, China Wine & Spirits Awards – Best Value, 2018
91, Gold, China Wine & Spirits Awards – Best Value, 2017
5 Stars, Equal Top in Category/Eligible for Wine of the Year, Gold, Korea Wine Challenge, 2017
5 Stars, Equal Top in Category/Eligible for Wine of the Year, Winestate Magazine New Release Wine Show, 2018
91, Josh Reynolds”
d’Arenberg is one of the most significant wineries in McLaren Vale with over 103 years of history to its name. Started by Joseph Osborn in 1912 when he purchased 25 hectares in the hills just north of the townships of Gloucester and Bellevue, now known as McLaren Vale, it later passed to Joseph’s son Frank who left medical school to join the family business and increase the size of the vineyard to 78 hectares.
In 1943 Frank’s son Francis d’Arenberg Osborn universally known as “d’Arry”, returned from school, age 16, to help his ill father run the business, eventually assuming full management in 1957. In 1959 d’Arry decided to launch his own label d’Arenberg, named in honor of his mother, Frances Helena d’Arenberg. It was a small and humble start but the wines gained immediate cult status amongst imbibers and judges and by the 1970’s d’Arenberg wines had become very fashionable, having gained a significant national and international profile in less than 20 years. D’Arry is now 88 years old and still very much an everyday presence at the vineyards..
Enter the fourth generation, d’Arry’s son Chester d’Arenberg Osborn. From a very early age, Chester was focused on continuing his family’s winemaking tradition. While growing up on the family property he helped his father d’Arry in both the vineyards and the cellar floor during school semester breaks and Christmas holidays. The winemaking processes of the past have been maintained, capturing the unique small-batch character of the wines and the true flavor of the McLaren Vale region. All grapes, red and white, are basket-pressed. The reds are still traditionally fermented with the grape skins (caps) submerged in open wax-lined concrete fermenters utilizing the age-old technique of foot-treading.”
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